5 Ways to Beat The Mid-Summer Heat in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (July 18, 2016) – The mid-summer Texas heat is upon us, but fortunately, there is plenty of relief available in Galveston. The island, with its cool Gulf breezes and plethora of attractions, offers plenty of ways to have fun while staying cool this summer.
Here are five ways to beat the heat while exploring the island:
Slide Through the World’s Tallest Water Coaster
Last month, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark opened the world’s tallest water coaster, MASSIV. At 81 feet and six and three-quarter inches tall, the new ride offers one of the most daring experiences across the globe. On MASSIV, riders are blasted on several downhill and uphill thrills before landing in a refreshing pool of water. The entire ride lasts about 60 seconds. In addition, Schlitterbahn is home to more than 35 other rides for visitors to enjoy, including its popular lazy river. www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston
Try New Water Adventures
The breezes from the Gulf of Mexico make a big difference when you’re playing outdoors. To take advantage of this cooling effect, you can try any of the new water adventures being offered on the island, such as the new helicopter sightseeing tours being offered at Stewart Beach. Galveston Helicopters offers five exciting tour options, showcasing different parts of the island from the beach to the bay. To combine the feeling of flying with a refreshing splash of water, go flyboarding! Like a scene out of a futuristic movie, flyboarding allows flyers to strap on a jet-pack device and hover up to 35 feet above Offatts Bayou. Extreme Water Sports has brought this fast-growing sport to the island and offers rides lasting from 20 to 60 minutes. New to East Beach, Galveston Island Horse & Pony Rides offers horseback riding excursions along the shore. At Pier 21, Galveston Water Adventures is offering a new sunset cruise.
Go Sailing from the Galveston Sea Scout Base
Get a fresh start to the day and set sail on a schooner boat as part of an event called Schooner Sundays offered by the Galveston Sea Scout Base. The massive sailing beauty leaves Offats Bayou each Sunday afternoon and sails out to destinations beyond Galveston’s causeway. A licensed captain and “spot tracker” is aboard the ship, so families can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. www.ssbgalveston.org
Discover Texas History with New “Riding the Rails” Multi-Site Tour
There's no better way to cool off than by staying indoors. Luckily, in Galveston, being inside is far from boring with the new Riding the Rails tour. During the late 1800s, cities throughout Texas were linked to Galveston by a ribbon of steel and steam locomotives, and three Galveston historic attractions have launched a multi-site tour to tell that story. “Riding the Rails to Historic Galveston” tells the story of Galveston’s Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, which began in 1873 and is now known as Burlington Northern Santa Fe. The package includes admission into The Bryan Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum and Moody Mansion, which describe different aspects of the history of Texas and this special railroad that promoted commerce throughout the state. www.ridingtherails.info
Grab Cool Treats on The Seawall and Historic Downtown Galveston
Take an evening stroll through historic downtown Galveston and grab some cool treats. The iconic old-fashioned candy shop La King’s Confectionery offers plenty of delicious options, from ice cream and malts to root beer floats. On Postoffice Street, Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream is a great spot to grab homemade ice cream in unique flavors, from mango and key lime pie to pumpkin and “Candy Bar Overload.” On the Seawall, Frios Pops just opened this month offering gourmet popsicles and, over at Stewart Beach, Bahama Bucks is serving up refreshing flavors of shaved ice.
ABOUT GALVESTON ISLAND
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.
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